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Ms Kelly Cobey
Early Career Fellow
University of Stirling
In 2008 I graduated from
(Canada) with an honors degree in Psychology and Biology. Then, I completed a research Masters degree at
The University of Liverpool
(England) in Evolutionary Psychology, graduating in 2009. Following this, I did my PhD in Social Psychology at
The University of Groningen
(The Netherlands) which I completed in 2013.
Broadly, I focus on how intimate relationships and social behaviors are shaped by endocrine factors.
Menstrual cycle and contraceptive pill effects
I am interested in how the use of hormonal contraception may disrupt (adaptive?) mate preferences and behaviors which occur across the regular menstrual cycle. To explore this topic I frequently collaborate
of Dinox BV and
Dr. Craig Roberts
who is also based at the University of Stirling. I take a broad approach using a wide range of methodologies including laboratory experiments, analysis of archival data, hormone measures and surveys to tackle my research questions.
Menarche, pregnancy and the menopause
Menarche, pregnancy and menopause are all phases of vast hormonal transition. I am interested in studying (the continuum of hormonal) predictors of satisfaction and well-being as women progress through these life events.
Variation in testosterone
I am interested in testosterone as it relates to human mating behavior. Specifically, I examine how individual differences in testosterone relate to variables including sexual behavior, relationship status and risk taking. I often explore these topics in collaboration with
Dr. Thomas Pollet
Dr. Leander van der Meij
of The VU University of Amsterdam. More recently I have begun to examine how variation in testosterone impacts female sexual desire and functioning with Prof. dr.Herjan Coelingh Bennink and Yvette Zimmermen of
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